- Oslo Pix’s program profile consists of a broad range of quality films from Europe and North America, program manager Cato Fossum explains.
Oslo Pix sets out to be an audience festival with something for everyone to enjoy. Our goal is to promote movies that would otherwise not be shown, as well as having a selection of titles that eventually be distributed in Norwegian cinemas.
The festival’s program is divided into different sections to make it easier for the audience to pick and choose what to watch among the roughly 60 titles to be shown this year.
One of the sections is devoted to our beloved neighbouring countries who produce incredible amounts of great films that deserve a larger audience.
- I’m delighted that we get to show the Danish film Rivalene to Oslo Pix. It’s a spunky drama from the art world, directed by Charlotte Sieling, and starring Søren Malling from Denmark and our very own Jakob Oftebro and Ane Dahl Torp in the leading roles.
- I would also like to draw attention to Ivica Zubak’s A Hustler’s Diary (org. title Måste Gitt), a Swedish film I think may turn out to be a crowd favourite, and that I myself am very excited about, Cato says.
As North-America is one of the festivals main terrains, US films naturally occupy a decent portion of the program. For our first edition of Pix we have put together a separate section that deals with racial divisions and the civil rights movement in one of the world’s largest democracies.
- Pix Politics focuses on important social conditions, and for our first year we turn to the United States. One of the films that will be shown is the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, which is expected to be one of this year’s highlights. The movie is also competing for best documentary, and will eventually be shown in Norwegian cinemas.
- We’ll also be showing Loving by Jeff Nichols, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. And we’ve also obtained Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s homonymous novel from 1997, Cato explains.
Here is an outline of some of the sections for this year’s festival – more sections and films will be released continuously throughout the upcoming weeks.
Grand Pix fiction
Nine films are competing for the Oslo Grand Pix Award. Our fiction program combines some of the best and most unique contemporary quality films out there. No matter the genre, we guarantee a memorable film experience.
The Ornithologist is one of the movies competing in this category. Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues brings us a modern-day odyssey that would undoubtedly make a good candidate for the most visionary and trippy nature-film of the year.
Grand Pix documentary
Seven movies are competing for the Oslo Grand Pix Award for best documentary. Our selection reflects the broad scope of what defines a documentary, and presents films with completely different approaches to depicting reality and all its nuances.
Watch the trailer to I Am Not Your Negro:
Even if the Nordic nations have a lot in common, we don’t watch enough of each other’s films. We’re looking to change that. Nordic films are doggone great and deserve a larger audience. Our program will present some of the best films from our neighbouring countries and a couple of Norwegian gems as well.
Watch the trailer to Rivalene:
High voltage, brazen humour, intense gun fights and grim chills – Volum 11 is our section for genre film. Check out stories that give you what you are expecting, and let yourself be surprised by movies that play with conventions.
What do you do when you’re seven months pregnant and your unborn child is commanding you to kill strangers and friends who cross your path? The British serial killer movie Prevenge sets off from this premise to tell the story of Ruth, an expecting mother who lets herself be dictated by her highly talkative future offspring.
Pix Politics: USA
Pix Politics features movies that deal with important social conditions and current trends. This year we turn or focus towards the US and discuss racial divisions and the battle for civil rights in the world’s biggest democracy.
Watch the trailer to Loving:
Not everyone manages to hit the mark right off the bat, but these debutants certainly struck a chord with us. Get to know four bold, charming and striking debut films.
Joshua Weinstein brings us Menashe, a beautiful, at times gut-wrenching, film about a father-son relationship. The film has stellar acting performances (most of the actors are amateurs) and compelling depictions of Brooklyn’s orthodox Jewish community, from a director with a background in documentary filmmaking.